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ERIC Number: ED407620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-9
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Psychologist Support Program of the Ontario Psychological Association.
Jackson, Iris
Members of the helping professions are not immune from physical or psychological impairments that interfere with competent and ethical practice. The types of problems faced by psychologists and the help offered by one support program are presented. The purpose of the Psychologist Support Program (PSP) of the Ontario (Canada) Psychological Association (OPA) is to assist individual OPA members who may be experiencing personal or lifestyle problems. It is intended to address the needs of psychologists who seek out assistance for themselves. Many of these problems are stress-related or stress-causing. The structure of the support program is such that help is available to any OPA member. Details of the services offered by peer consultants and the procedures for using the program are provided. Some of the myriad of issues affecting psychologists are addressed, such as confidentiality and the limits of confidentiality in the context of the PSP. Despite publicity for the program, only five psychologists registered to be peer consultants, and no caller has identified him or herself when calling the referral service. Some of the reasons behind this include: (1) the professional paradox; (2) malignant denial; (3) the concerns psychologists have about confidentiality; and (4) guild protectiveness. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada